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Hoping someone on here can help us. We have a friend in Thailand who has offered us a 30 year lease on a 1 Riel plot of land near Pai. 

It is farm land with no dwellings on it.

Whilst the cost is fairly minimal (around €4000) he has said he does not have the land deed as yet, & once he does the price will double. 

 

Our thoughts are that we could build a house on the plot, ideally a sustainable one that we could heat, cool etc via solar.

 

Putting aside whether it's a good idea or not (still to be completely convinced on that!) There are a couple of practical questions we could do with some help with.

 

Is it even possible to complete this transaction whilst not in Thailand? We're stuck on the UK until May at the earliest.

 

Does the fact he doesn't have the land deed at present mean he doesn't officially own the land? In which case would a leasehold signed prior to the deed being available invalidate it?

 

Thanks in advance.

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4 minutes ago, sirineou said:

Why would the price double after he has the deed? is it because before he gets the deed there is significant danger?  

I think your "friend knows, which is why he is offering the discounted price now. also that he might need the money now, but knows you will not make the move unless there  there is an advantage for you to do so now.

How good a friend is he? How much do you trust him, How risk averse are you? No need to answer any of these question, except only to yourself. I am sure a legal lease agreement can be accomplished, just make sure you do it professionally. 

All very good questions! Thank you!

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1 hour ago, The Carters said:

Thanks all. Whilst he's a good enough friend that we don't think he would try to scam us but of course times are tough for people all over SE Asia & he could easily be looking to make a quick buck.

 

Glad we checked as our gut feel was it was not a good idea even if not a scam!

Or he might not know or have thought of some of the very good points made by Charlie H and Black cab. so perhaps it is worth having a conversation about that with your friend. 

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Make Due Diligences on the land first. Check prices around. Get a lawyer to draft contract and represent you. 

There are 4 different types of ownership for the land, even if he doesn't have Chanote, probably he has Nor Sor 3 which is acceptable too. 

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5 hours ago, The Carters said:

Thanks all. Whilst he's a good enough friend that we don't think he would try to scam us but of course times are tough for people all over SE Asia & he could easily be looking to make a quick buck.

 

Glad we checked as our gut feel was it was not a good idea even if not a scam!

 

Definately not a GOOD idea !

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11 hours ago, The Carters said:

All very good questions! Thank you!

It would double because with a official land deed you can borrow money from a bank.

Without a deed and not being here in Thailand my advice would be this is not really a good friend. 

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On the land next to us on Samui, a Thai Developer offered people portions of the land on which to build, after which he would receive payment for both the land and the constructions then give them the deeds.  All  went well until the last deal when the land owner would not let the developer have the deeds to the land (for whatever reason).  The  developer upped sticks and legged it, having had part of the payment for land and construction.  The person who was hoping to buy the land was left high and dry with no land and a half built construction.  That was about 4/5 years ago and remains to this day as an eye sore in the area.  BE WARNED!

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I would agree with all the above. If the landholder does not have the original paper then the chances are he has been 'loaned' money against the land. The person who loaned him the money (bank or loan-shark) will hold the original paper until the debt is paid.

 

Maybe, just maybe, your friend has an honest intention in that, if you give him the money, he can pay off the loan, get the original paper back, transfer that to you, and still make some money.

 

However, too many things could go wrong.

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